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Chicago Jewish Specialty Camps

Summer vacation is right around the corner, and we know you’re going to want to keep the kids occupied, and hopefully, even entertained. Traditional summer camps are amazing, but they aren’t the right fit for every kid or every family. If you are looking for something a bit different this summer, JCC Chicago has a wealth of alternative camp experiences that might fit the bill. We’ve got a little bit of something for almost everyone, from arts to athletics to family camps.

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Day Camps

JCC Apachi Mini-Camps
Need to fill the gap between school and camp? Or just looking for a one-week experience? Mini-camps will do the trick with five days full of sports, arts, theme days, crafts, and other camp fun. June mini-camp is for grades K – 5, August mini-camp at UIC  is for grades K – 3, and August mini-camp in Northbrook is for grades K – 4.
June Mini-Camp
Bradley Sports Center, 2500 W Bradley Pl, Chicago
June 20 – 24, 9:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
August Mini-Camp
UIC, 1200 W Harrison St, Chicago
August 15 – 19, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Northbrook Mini-Camp, “Z” Frank Apachi, 300 Woodridge Ln, Northbrook
August 15 – 19, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Preschool Camp
Even the littlest ones can have fun at summer camp. A variety of experiences are available for different age groups and are held at locations in Lakeview, Rogers Park, and Glencoe. Babies and toddlers ages 3 through 36 months can splash and play along with a caregiver in age-appropriate groups. Beginning at 24 months, preschoolers can experience camp on their own through the Little Explorers program held at a variety of locations, or at JCC Apachi Village in Northbrook. Half-day and full-day programs are available, and early drop-off and late pick-up are available at some locations. Click here for more information.

Hebrew Immersion Camp @ Apachi Village
Kids ages 3 – 5 can learn Hebrew while having fun and making new friends at camp. The program includes a full camp experience with rock climbing, swim, gym, and more–all in Hebrew.
300 Revere Drive, Northbrook
June 20 – August 12, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

J at School Adventure Camp
Looking for a slightly less outdoorsy experience? Campers learn and grow through art, drama, sports, and field trips all supervised by professionally-trained staff. Choose one week, or register for the entire nine-week session. Pick from three different locations to make drop-off and pick-up as easy as possible.
Alcott Elementary East Campus, 2625 North Orchard St
Ogden International East Campus, 24 West Walton St
June 27 – August 26, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Overnight Experiences @ Camp Chi

Try Chi
Prospective campers in grades 3 – 6 can get a taste of overnight camp with a four-day, three-night experience that exposes them to the best parts of camp life. Participants sleep in cabins and try out a range of activities from horseback riding and outdoor cooking to swimming and sports.
Camp Chi, Lake Delton, WI
August 14 – 17

Keshet Avodah Corps @ Camp Chi
Older teens and young adults with disabilities combine work-related activities with camp fun. Program participants live together and gain valuable life skills along with work experience. Two, four, and eight-week sessions are available.
Camp Chi, Lake Delton, WI
June 19 – August 12

Camp Firefly
A co-ed overnight camp experience for kids and teens ages 9 – 18 years who have been diagnosed with social disorders including Asperger’s, OCD, PDD, high functioning autism, and non-verbal learning disorders. Daily schedules keep campers’ comfort in mind and include therapeutic group activities with smooth transitions and appropriate time for breaks.
Camp Chi, Lake Delton, WI
1st Session: July 17 – 22
2nd Session: July 24 – July 29

Family Camp

Everyone’s a camper at family camp! Veteran campers and overnight camp newbies alike can enjoy a relaxing all-inclusive getaway full of camp fun with kids-only activities, relaxing time for the grown-ups, and dedicated time for family fun.

August Family Camp @ Camp Chi
Choose your own activities from horseback riding and tennis to yoga and lounging by the pool. Kids spend the morning at day camp and afternoons are reserved for family time. Evening activities and babysitting keep the kids occupied while parents get some time out of the bunk.
Camp Chi & Perlstein Resort Center, Lake Delton, WI
August 17 – 21

Koolanu Orthodox Family Camp
An all-inclusive, kosher family getaway with morning day camp for the kids and afternoon family time. Families can choose from a three-day or six-day experience and opt for a stress-free Shabbat with festive meals, Shabbat services, a guest-speaker, and eruv.
Camp Chi & Perlstein Resort Center, Lake Delton, WI
August 22 – 28

Grandparents Weekend
Grandparents and grandchildren can unplug and have fun with classic camp activities including boating, sports, and arts & crafts. Grandparents can join in or relax and watch the kids have fun.
Camp Chi & Perlstein Resort Center, Lake Delton, WI
June 17 – 19

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